Michael Loy Baker, 52, of Carbondale, Kansas, died in the line of duty on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
He was born July 5, 1969, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Gene and Judith (Streeter) Baker. Michael was a 1988 graduate of Highland Park High School. He worked at Amoco at Holiday Square, then went on to work at Hallmark Cards, starting as a stock handler and working his way up to supervisor.
Michael received an associate degree in fire science while serving in the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a senior master sergeant after 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force and was serving as assistant fire chief in the 190th Air Refueling Wing in the Air National Guard. Michael was also a volunteer firefighter in Carbondale for 28 years and earned many certificates throughout his career. His passion was to serve his community and his country.
Michael married the love of his life, Leslie (Ortiz) Baker, on August 29, 1992, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Along with his wife, survivors include his three sons, Joshua (Johna) Baker, Jesse (McKynley) Baker, and Justin (Sharea) Baker; a sister, Jeanann (Bob) Richardson; five grandchildren, Bentley Baker, Shaylea Baker, Karsyn Baker, Madalyn Baker, and Emberly Baker; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Gene Baker, and his mother, Judith (Streeter) Baker. Since his death, two additional grandchildren, Waylon Baker and Kyson Baker, have joined the family.
Michael was a true servant to his country and even more to his family. He was a devoted husband, proud father of his sons, and loved spoiling his grandchildren. Michael enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time outdoors. He will be greatly missed by all.